Curiosity Forty Four
Tree House Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - New England
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 5.33%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
92
From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  14
SCORE
98
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Notes: The art and science of brewing continues to captivate us - every opportunity to experiment in search of how to improve our beer, and to further our understanding of what ultimately makes a beer enjoyable, enriches our spirit! To that end, Curiosity Forty Four combines several of our very favorite American and Australian hops, including Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe, and Amarillo in the kettle and heavy doses of Citra and Galaxy in the dry hop. The result is a heavily tropical Double IPA dripping with fruity hop oil saturation. Utilizing a new technique, the majority of the carbonation in Forty Four developed naturally in the fermenter during conditioning. The result is a uniquely soft body and tight carbonation lending supreme drinkability and flavor that ignites the senses and invites the next sip. We hope it can contribute in a meaningful way to a special moment in your life.
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amano_h from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given the nature of experimentation in and of itself, I'm surprised that the Curiosity series has remained so consistently sought after, to the point that Tree House Brewing Company have already made forty four iterations of this and sold out each time. That's kind of like a public defender going to trial forty four times and coming out unscathed on every occasion; either Tree House just comes up with brilliant ideas that can't seem to fail each time, or they have a whole lot of luck on their side, or maybe they're not quite as "curious" as they make themselves out to be.

Whatever the causation may be, I couldn't care less; this beer is drinking mighty fine.

A harmonious mixture of melon, oranges, golden kiwi, fuzzy stone fruit, and a hint of wheat adorn the sensation package lambasted upon the nose. Whereas Tree House describes this as a "heavily tropical DIPA dripping with fruity hop oil saturation," there's really no sense of extravagance or brutishness that stands out or makes you want to take it slow; the multifarious range of aromas co-habitate peacefully so not to disturb or outshine one another, although melon, orange, and wheat is what seems to persevere on the nose until the very last drop.

The overall impression on the tongue leans more towards bitter than fruity. Melon rinds, dried orange peel, endives, a little peach, and even some pine surface toward the back to reward you for your patience. As aforementioned the brew finishes decisively dry--it's an odd kind of dry; not exactly the dryness which cleanses your palate and immediately drops off the face of the earth, but it's more like you're navigating through a field of dry proximity mines and each step you take sets off a bitter explosion--with all this happening after you've taken the sip. TL;DR the bitterness lingers on, but not in an unpleasant way.

Definitively medium-bodied with a nice sticky almost gritty consistency.

A reasonably and admirably persistent medium veering towards effervescent carbonation persists throughout the entire drinking experience; this beer has like a permanent quarter-finger head which doesn't disappear no matter how far you progress down the glass. I don't think I've ever experienced anything quite like it.
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I feel like I've been very lax with my grading system lately, but compared to all the commercial IPAs brewed with stale hops or the three-month old kegs of Sculpin that were selling out at $10 in Korea, these beers have been an absolute god send. Years later, when after I graduate law school and pass the bar and people ask me how I survived law school, my answer will most likely be "#hazebros and BA barleywine."

May 12, 2019
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LeeeMare from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a stand alone this beer was solid but sometimes you just have to blend you own beers and these Curiosity Fourty Four really enhanced the beers they were mixed with.

Apr 18, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this can.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden straw hue with a nice head that fades to leave nice lacing.

S - Aromas of light citrus, big pithy notes, light vegetative. Some weird stale hop aromas as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice light bubblegum notes. Faint citrus notes, orange peel, light tropical notes. Finish is malty with a a lingering bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little fluffy.

O - Overall this was a super underwhelming beer. Hops were really underwhelming and the malts were heavy.

Serving Type: can

Mar 10, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 1/12/18, thanks to rudzud

Pours a huge fluffy creamy head, 1 finger fades semi slowly, tons of sticky lacing, semi hazy clearer than I expected, orange color, great head but appearance was OK.

Nose some citrus, stone fruit, tangerine clementine citrus, plenty of doughy wheat malt, toasted, feels like it dropped off a bit, faint tropical maybe pineapple but barely, faint mango, fair pithy maybe vegetaly thing

Taste about the same, some pith and rind, citrus, orange juice but the pulp only, creamy wheat, very creamy malt, oats too I think maybe, little mango and tropical but barely, some rind, papery pulp, finishes a bit more bitter, pithy, pulp

Mouth is med bod, decent but ligher carb

Overall OK, doesn't seem to live up typical TH beers, maybe it fell out.

Mar 10, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/12/18; drank 2/21/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big white head; thick, tree-rung lace.

Mango, wheat & faint orange citrus notes in the nose.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

Mango & dry wheat flavors up front; orange citrus notes on the finish.

Tasty fruit notes with a dry balance; not the most transcendent NE IPA but an above average example of the style. I'd have another...

Feb 22, 2018
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Boccu from New York

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really tasty as with most treehouse. Pours golden with light lacing. Aroma tangerine and dank. Taste follows the nose with citrus. Big fan of treehouse.

Feb 21, 2018
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jcflorian from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic hop combo that perfectly balances dank and citrus. This is my 3rd favorite of the curiosity series and a top 10 treehouse ipa. Thrilled I had a chance to try it

Feb 18, 2018
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TheChairman from Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was the best Curiosity I've tried from Tree House. Sadly, I only had one can to try.

The smell and taste of grapefruit were incredible, complemented by Tree House's characteristic "soft" mouth feel.

Feb 05, 2018
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curtis6290 from New York

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 1/24/18, Enjoyed 2/4/18. Acquired in a trade for some fresh OH cans.

Look: Nice foam head on the initial pour that invites itself back with a swirl. Great lacing throughout. Dark yellow, orange and brown creep in.
Smell: Alcohol is forward, unripe mango, ripe pears, granny smith apples, white grapes, pineapple.
Taste: Pine, Citrus, melon, white grape, pink grapefruit. Very complex and diverse as it opens up.
Feel: Resinous upfront, salty middle, sweet and sour aftertaste, creamy feel. No hint of alcohol.
Overall: This is another exceptional brew with many different notes and flavors that intensify as it approaches room temperature. Doesn't feel heavy or strong, but perfectly smooth and enjoyable.

Feb 05, 2018
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours clear yellow with a finger of white head
S: fruity hops, sweet, not bitter, but not a big aroma
T: just like the nose, and similar in the fact that the flavor isn't huge.
F: clean and easy drinking.

Feb 04, 2018
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vikingpillager from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow I thought this was just great!! Not always a huge fan of galaxy and amarillo hops, but the extra dosing of citra really carries this beer over the finish line! Very juicy and wonderful!

Jan 19, 2018
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

How fortuitous to pick this up the eve of my VT ski weekend! Too bad the conditions were icy as shit. Oh well, at least I had good beer!

L - as I've already touched on, the label kills it. Pours more yellow than orange with that signature Tree House haze. Milky and creamy-looking.

S - green, rindy melon jumps out, smoothed by a bit of peach. Juicy Fruit and soft, wheaty pineapple.

T - lots of hops and lots going on here. Bright and invigorating. Bubblegum, mango candy, and cantaloupe. We've got some satsuma in there along with kiwano. Soft yet potent. Sweet pine and a pointed bitterness that politely allows plenty of time for the fruitiness to make a stand before wrapping up. Fresh and dry on the finish.

F - surprisingly light given the ABV but suits the flavor profile. Whimsical and refreshing, yet still retains just the right amount of stickiness.

O - I liked this a lot more after getting a chance to sit down and enjoy it. It's on the lighter side of Tree House DIPAs, but welcome. Always a fan of the peachy melon type flavors. Like a melon creamsicle. Melonsicle.

Jan 18, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

absolutely beautiful looking beer, dope can as well. pours out a hazed golden orange color, finger and a half of bright white head is dense and creamy and decorates the glass nicely. this one is hugely aromatic, while pouring im picking up pulpy OJ and grapefruit juice notes, shoving my nose in the glass there is a good amount of bubblegum, sweet bready malts, some danky green character, minty herbaceous notes. on palate is creamy tangerine orange, peaches, grapefruit peel, spicy pineapple, mango, guava, melon, soft bready malts and that sweet bubblegum pop. subtle smack of pine and grapefruity bitterness on the finish keeps it balanced and rounded. mouthfeel is oh so soft, goes down really smooth and no hint of booze. this is a masterpiece in my book!

Jan 15, 2018
Curiosity Forty Four from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 92 ratings